Vaping safely around your pets.
There is always a lot of advice available in regard to vaping near people and children, but what about our 4 legged friends! Are they safe and what can we do to keep them as safe as possible when we give up smoking and choose to begin the vaping journey.
When Public Health England published their 2015 review they concluded that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking a regular cigarette. They then reviewed this paper earlier this year and in Feb 2018, further findings only led to a backup of the original study, concluding that ‘e-cigarettes are likely to be far less harmful than combustible tobacco cigarettes.’
This news is great for humans and our household pets too. Any animal that breaths in the air around them could be susceptible to any side affects this may cause, and by switching to Vaping over tobacco cigarettes you are reducing the impact of breathing in second hand smoke, which contains hundreds of dangerous chemicals with the potential to cause lung and heart diseases for your pet.
So, you have begun your vaping journey and wish to make it as safe as possible for any pets in your home. By following a few simple rules this is easily achieved.
Store E liquids and vaping devices that you are not using out of reach or in a cupboard away from your pet. E juices now come in child proof bottles, but a sharp animal tooth would easily be able to pierce a hole in the side of a bottle if chewed.
E liquid containing Nicotine – Consumed by either pet or human, this substance is harmful. E liquid contains glycerol, PG (propylene glycol), flavourings, water and nicotine. It is the nicotine which is harmful when digested but the amount of damage this will do does depending on the strength of your e liquid and the amount ingested. The stronger the MG of nicotine in your e liquid then the more harmful it will be, and a lesser amount will be needed to have a harmful effect.
If your pet manages to get hold of any amount, then it would be best to take him or her to a vet asap to get checked out.
E liquid – 0mg – The substances contained in 0mg E liquid are glycerol, PG (propylene glycol), flavourings and water. All these substances can be used in various food stuffs so individually they are not technically harmful. I’m sure however that if your pet or a human consumed a bottle then it may cause them to vomit.
It would be advisable to again seek the advice of your vet if this happens, especially in a younger animal.
When you need to charge your vaping devices, do so in a pet free room so that they cannot be accidentally dragged off a top or work surface by the charging cable and never leave them in the same room overnight where your animal also sleeps.
Vaping produces vapour rather than smoke which is much less harmful to any pet that breathes it in when compared to the smoke that would be inhaled by passive smoking a tobacco cigarette. Ideally you should still exhale vapor away from your pet rather than directly at them. You could also keep a window open so that outside fresh air can get into any room where you are vaping when your pet is present.
If vaping in the car, then exhale your vapour through an open window, in colder months you can always close it again as you continue your journey and remember to store spare e juices, batteries and tank.
How to spot the symptoms of nicotine poisoning in your pet.
If you believe your pet to be unwell and suspect they have consumed any form of nicotine or e juice then you will need to look out for the following symptoms and be quick to act as nicotine poisoning has a very quick onset time. Your pet will be showing signs of consumption within 1 hour of it being ingested. It is not the stomach that absorbs the nicotine but the small intestines in animals, this action will cause your pet to be violently sick, perhaps more than once in a short space of time. Other symptoms are:
Constricted pupils in the eyes, Body tremors, Seizures, Drooling, Sickness and Diarrhoea, Quickening heartbeat, Excitability.
If you suspect your pet has ingested any form of nicotine, and this also includes, cigarettes, patches, or gum, then take your pet to your vet immediately. If there is evidence of what your pet has consumed then take this along with you. There your 4 legged friend will be treated by your vet and they should start to see an improvement within 6 hours.